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Description - Is Your Grandmother A Goanna? by Pamela Allen

'Have you seen my grandmother?' asked the little boy.'There are only goannas here,' replied the station master. 'Is your grandmother a goanna?'One day a little boy sets out to visit his grandmother. But each station he comes to is full of a different sort of animal, and his grandmother is not a gorilla, or an elephant, or a walrus - or a goanna! So the train steams on - Chuffa Chuffa, Chuffa, Chuffa - until finally, on the very last station, there she is.A wonderfully fun, imaginative story with a reassuring, heart-warming conclusion that every grandchild (and grandmother!) will love! Educational potentialPamela Allen's picture books are ideal for showing students how rhythm, repetition and humour can be used to create a successful and engaging text. Her work is wonderful to share and read aloud with very small children, as the words encourage their active participation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143502081
ISBN-10: 0143502085
Format: Paperback / softback
(221mm x 228mm x 2mm)
Pages: 32
Imprint: Puffin
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
Publish Date: 30-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Is Your Grandmother A Goanna? by Pamela Allen - Reviewed by (12 Nov 2010)

Yet another Pamela Allen classic. This tale takes the audience along the journey of a little boy searching for his Grandmother. On and off the train we are given wonderful sounds that little ones soon learn and love to repeat as the story is told, whistle blowing, train chuffing, .... a great favourite in our home for Miss 4 and Mr 2 both of whom add sounds and join in throughout. Highly recommended, a great gift for young ones especially accompanied with a toy train. Heart warming and fun.


Author Biography - Pamela Allen

Pamela Allen is a phenomenon in the world of children's literature. For almost thirty years her picture books have enchanted generations of children in Australia and overseas and many of her titles have won prestigious awards and commendations. She has earned classic status through the enduring popularity of her stories with the very young. Pamela's books are full of the music of language; they are 'fragments of theatre', designed to be read aloud and shared between an adult and a child. Eight of Pamela's titles were adapted for the stage by Patch Theatre Company, and performed in the Sydney Opera House. In 2004, Grandpa and Thomas won the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award- Early Childhood and The Potato People was named an Honour Book in the same category in 2003, and Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrella was shortlisted for the same award in 2007, as was Shhh! Little Mouse in 2008. Is Your Grandmother a Goanna? won a 2008 Speech Pathology of Australia Book of the Year Award, as did Our Daft Dog Danny in 2010. 'From Pamela Allen's first publication in 1980 it was clear that here was a creator of picture books with all the glow, gesture, din and dance to capture the attention, engage the imagination, teach, show, tickle and excite small children.' Me

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